Can There Ever Be a Perfect World?
My thematic question is: can there ever be a perfect world? Establishing criteria for a perfect world can be an objective process or a subjective process. It can relate to many externally defined measures of what perfection is, or it can be subjective – based on my own learning and beliefs. In between is determining what others believe or have learned and the origins of these ideas. There are many people who have defined perfection. Concepts of perfection vary. The other area for consideration is what is the world? Am I talking about the sphere in the universe that revolves around the sun? If so, that question is a scientific or possibly an astrological question. Is “the world” humanity or the human race? Or is “world” the place I live, the systems in which I operate – such as political, social, environmental, and philosophical? Perfection may be defined as faultless “without fault, flaw, or defect; perfect” (Webster’s On-Line Dictionary). That definition get you thinking, what is perfect? There are many different ways to describe perfection. Webster’s On-Line Dictionary defines perfection in more than one way “the quality or state of being perfect: as a: freedom from fault or defect: flawlessness b: maturity c: the quality or state of being saintly.” Perfection could mean where there is no pain, no abuse, no fault, no weakness. My tendency is to define “world” more narrowly – it is MY world that is important to me and which I am capable of understanding and defending. Will it be my values, wishes, dreams, and standards that will define perfection? In my eyes, perfection is everyone doing the best they can, no lies, no manipulations, no theft, no fighting. It will be kindness, good listening, fair rules enforced fairly, opportunities for everyone, and security and freedom for all. I agree with the Declaration of Independence which states that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are...
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